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Hi I'm Steve

I am a family man. I renovate houses. I snowboard and ride motorcycles. I try to be Christlike. And, I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a family man who loves sports and other activities - particularly when I can share them with my family. Our family snowboards together - it was brutal learning at my age, but picking it up with the kids means that we can do it together.. The kids play soccer together every Monday night and we watch. We ride quads and motorcycles together in the desert. It is a great deal of fun, and we can be out in and enjoy nature. We go to movies together as a family and watch them at home as well. Together with my children, we developed a list of family values that we believe in. First my wife and I came up with six, but when we asked the kids what our family values were that they had learned, we ended up with 13! They had been listening! They are: Work, Education, Communication, Unity, Fun, Thrift, Honesty, Exercise, Divine Nature, Optimism, Gratitude and Cleanliness. These are the things we believe are important. We love our time together. When our first child went to college we began to write to him each Sunday. All of us would sit down and write a page about our week. We have been doing it for over five years now. Every one of us does it each Sunday, they are combined, and shared. Through this we stay close to one another, even though three are away right now. More than anything, we try to make good memories and stay close as a family.

Why I am a Mormon

There are many reasons why I am a Mormon. I believe that Jesus Christ is our redeemer and am sure that through him all happiness is achieved - in this life and the life to come. It is clear to me that the Church of Jesus Christ - the Mormons - is His church. I know because I have felt the sweet confirmation of His Spirit over and over. I feel it confirm church doctrine that is being studied or taught. I feel it inspire me when I ask for guidance and direction. I feel it when listening to the words of the apostles and prophets. I feel it when hearing songs sung in praise. I feel it when asking for His help. I also feel it when I am using the Priesthood to bless the lives of others. This feeling is more powerful than reasoning. The values that Christ taught are the values embraced by the Mormon Church. Values of honesty, love for one another, thrift, hard work for the reward, consequences for actions - both good and bad, fun, learning, and music. These are my values and bring me peace and happiness. Most important is our Father in Heaven's plan of salvation. Since we are taught and know the plan, decisions are made much easier. I am never lost or alone. I always know the right thing to do - even though it is hard sometimes to do it. Still, I can try my best - and be a better me because of this knowledge. The things I do, because I am a member of the church, bring me happiness. Most importantly, i know that my family can be with me eternally. Not just until death. The relationships with those who I love most will continue beyond this life. I can't imagine anything sweeter than continuing these relationships. Building on the present life for the future - living with my Father in Heaven.

How I live my faith

I actively participate in our "Ward Family" each week. This means being friends with whomever is in the ward even if they are not at all like me. I find that as I do, I learn about new things. It is the differences that make life interesting. I have also found that everyone has some hidden experience, skill, or story that will enrich you if you make the effort to ask about them. Participating in ward family activities is the most fun. The best ones are where we eat and visit! There are a lot of good cooks in our ward family! Sunday is a day where I can listen and learn about our Savior, Jesus Christ. Our members teach the classes and lessons - which brings interesting perspective to applying the teachings of Jesus in our time. I also love taking the Sacrament and renewing my covenants with Jesus Christ - to remember Him always and keep His commandments. When I do so, I am forgiven of the sins and mis-steps of the week. It is a wonderful feeling to know that He can right my wrongs.